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Southgate issues World Cup warning to absent Manchester United players

England manager Gareth Southgate has warned the missing Manchester United players that they will face a tough task in qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

The Three Lions are set to play Hungary in the fourth round of the National League on Tuesday.

Southgate’s focus He is preparing for the World Cup, which kicks off on November 21, and is managing a “guest lead” for the mid-2020-23 Premier League season.

Many of the lesser known Manchester United trio players at the Southgate rankings this month are Luke Shaw, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, with Harry Maguire currently the only United representative in the squad.

Asked if United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League next season could see their English team warmer than some of their peers, Southampton said: “They have to work hard to get back in the team.”

Shaw is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell is currently the only recognized left-back, so there is a clear path back to Southampton’s plans, with both Sanchez and Rashford missing out.

Before the World Cup, an English club crashed in September, limiting their chances of qualifying for the last two Nation League games against Germany and Italy, and there is a lot of competition for a place on the plane for Qatar.

Rashford scored four goals and two assists in 25 appearances for United last season, while Sancho scored three goals in his first season at Old Trafford and netted three assists in 29 league games.

Southgate has until October 21 to submit a long list of players to FIFA, with the final squad expected to be announced in three weeks’ time.

The 51-year-old, who has been criticized for his careful team selection, hopes to work closely with clubs to monitor his players’ performance early next season.

“Information sharing is very good in medicine and you have some indicators because we get performance data from the Premier League,” he said.

But similarly, there is a perception that clubs with big games do not want to share some things in advance if they have players who miss games.

In general, we have a good relationship with the clubs in this regard, but during that time there is always something unknown.


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